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Lee Classic Turret Primer disposal

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by J_McLeod, Sep 5, 2011.

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  1. J_McLeod

    J_McLeod Member

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    Has anyone come up with a good solution for spent primers with a Lee Deluxe turret?

    I dismounted it for cleaning and several hundred spent primers waiting for me in a neat pile. I knew they were there, but it still wasn't fun. I'm thinking of ways to put a plastic tube in there.
     
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    I think you're talking about the Deluxe turret, not Classic turret press. The Classic turret press uses a tube to collect the primers.
     
  3. J_McLeod

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    I was, thanks. Made the change to the OP.
     
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    I had one, I hung an old paint can from a hook right under the press, It caught about 98% of the primers. I sold it when I picked up a Classic at a garage sale for 5$.

    The tube is sweet and catches 99.8%, I still have a jumper or two sometime.

    RC
     
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    I mounted mine on top of 3 1/2" tall stacks of washers. That gives enough space under the press that I can use my shop vac and suck them out every now and then.

    Q
     
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    Drill a big hole in the mounting board - primers will fall thru.
     
  7. smjones

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    I have the clasic and use a quart milk jug under the tube.You hardly ever have to empty it. sj :)
     
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    A quart milk jug holds LOTS of spent primers :D
     
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    I posted a solution method to capture 100% of spent primers on Pro 1000 press. Since the regular Lee turret press shares the same base and ram, it should work for them as well.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=7561808#post7561808
     
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    put trashcan halfway under bench
    unbolt press. All 3 bolts.
    pull press forward off the bench, scraping all your empties into the trashcan.
     
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    I just got back from the hardware store where I bought some 3/8 plastic tubing. My plan had been to run the tube through each of the holes in the base. I might go with this idea instead. Thanks.
     
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    I thought about doing the same thing at first (but only one tube), as the new press has ribs that would trap the tubing. Since the hole is not round, I was going to cut one side of the tubing to match the hole.

    But I dropped something small in the other hole and had to take the press off the bench to get to it. And that's why I decided to use a funnel to catch anything that may fall into both holes. To retrieve anything that falls in, I just need to look in the 1 liter bottle that's at the bottom of the tube.

    If the plastic of the funnel is not the pliable type, you may need to use a saw to prevent the plastic from cracking. I used an EMT type scissors that has serrated teeth on one side and utility knife to clean up the edges.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I've used two methods and both worked.
    I remounted my press on a 4" thick wood base, traced the press base outline on the wood and cut a funnel in the wood to fit the base. I used a flat wood boring bit to 'SLANT' the small end of the funnel out the front side of the block. I had a simple tray to catch the primers.

    My Second method followed the "KISS" rule. I used a small piece of thin aluminum and bent it to shape. It rests flat covering the right-side hole and then bends down the right side of the press. I bent a 45 deg angle on the front side of this and folded it to parallel the press right side to make a shute toward the rear of the press. The primers are all thrown to the right. They hit where the hole 'was' and bounce down the shute into a cup. It is fastened to the press using hot-melt glue gun. It has worked 100%.
    I used the thin aluminum from an old trophy's engraved plate--4"x4". Time: 20 mins.
     
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    Nice. Really like that idea. I have two Pro 1000s set up so I may try that idea on the second one.
     
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    bds, I made a rough template of thin folded cardboard first-- I flattened it back out and cut the aluminum with shears to match the cardboard, then bend the aluminum. Leave a little extra for the aluminum "bends" as they won't compress like cardboard does
     
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